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Cheri's Bakery’s digital system makes cover of Bake magazine

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at 6:49 a.m.

Cheri Kovacic knew her Cheri’s Bakery likely would wind up in the November issue of Bake Magazine, but she wasn’t prepared for what she found in her mailbox late last week.

Kovacic was at a convention a couple of months ago when she ran into the editor of Bake, which she describes as the go-to trade magazine for the baking industry.

She told him about a new system she implemented a year ago in which customers use iPads to look at more than 2,000 pictures of cakes and cookies available at her store.

“Everybody wants to see something instantly,” Kovacic says. “It’s not just a visual gallery.”

Salespeople can place orders from an iPad, and cake and cookie decorators can then use a Kindle as a guide while decorating.

“This is a digital thing that is secure at my location,” Kovacic says.

“It’s kind of the next step … trying to grow,” she says. “Customers love it.”

Kovacic says the editor thought it was interesting as well and mentioned a forthcoming innovation issue. He questioned her further about it.

“It’s a very cool system,” Kovacic says.

The Bake editor apparently thought so, too, because he put Kovacic on the cover.

“The cover was a surprise until it arrived in my mail,” she says.

The editor used her photo from an interview he did with her a few years ago.

“It was just a shock,” Kovacic says. “He just didn’t tell me he was going to put my picture on the cover.”

Good bones

Aisak Corp. president Bryan Nguyen has purchased what he calls “kind of a rundown building” – but one with good bones – at 3122 S. Seneca, with plans to modernize the interior and exterior.

“I’m hoping to draw some national tenants,” says Nguyen, whose company owns several apartment complexes and commercial buildings.

All Family Insurance is the only tenant currently in the 5,125-square-foot building, which leaves 4,500 square feet to lease.

Even before closing on the building, Nguyen began redoing the parking lot to get it done before colder weather arrived.

He plans to make the building’s windows bigger and add a mansard in the front.

“We’re going to basically take the front off and redo all of it,” Nguyen says.

He also plans to add an office and warehouse space or spaces in the back of the building where he says he has about 15,000 square feet of land “to play with.”

Essential decision

Milt Mounts credits his wife, Amy, for nudging him to finally live his dream of owning a photography business.

“We toyed with the idea for a little bit,” says Mounts, who was marketing director for Alefs Harley-Davidson for more than six years.

He says his wife encouraged him that he “shouldn’t let any more time slip by when there’s a door of opportunity.”

So, after doing photography as a hobby for most of the past decade, Mounts is starting Essential Images Photography.

“My specialty is really going to be anything,” he says. “I’m going to take on any and all assignments.”

That could be portraits, weddings, sporting events, landscaping or anything indoors or outdoors.

“In all honesty, there’s not an assignment I’m going to refuse.”

Mounts has considered some studio space, but for now, he’s going to work out of his home – with his wife’s blessing.

“We both walked through that door of opportunity, and we’re going to make this happen.”

You don’t say

“Obviously, I’m a lot better salesman than she is.”

– Car dealer Dawson Grimsley once again goading Spangles spokeswoman Rene Steven, both of whom are trying to raise $40,000 in three hours with other celebrities on Saturday for the Salvation Army’s Mission of Hope

Carrie Rengers first reported these items on her blog. Be among the first to get her business scoops at blogs.kansas.com/haveyouheard.

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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